- Created on Thursday, 16 December 2010 19:30
The top Ghanian ski racer known as 'the Snow Leopard' has announced ambitious plans to build an artificial ski slope in Ghana, according to the BBC.
Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, top 50 ski racer at the Vancouver Olympics, hopes to raise £255,000 to build a dry slope complete with sprinkler system, a first for the tropical West African country.
Nkrumah-Acheampong hopes the new snow centre will develop up and coming skiers for the ski team he has established, and be an Olympic training ground for the team. Under 16s will be allowed to use the facility for free, in a bid to raise the bar of Ghanian skiers for top level competition entry.
'The best of the best will be taken into the Ghana ski racing team,' he said, adding: 'We're building something for the future.'
He is confident of his plans in the face of skepticism: 'I think I've proven myself enough times now that when I say we're going to do X,Y and Z, we deliver X,Y and Z,' he said.
Scottish-born Nkrumah-Acheampong first learned to ski less than 10 years ago, when working at the SNO!zone indoor snow centre in Milton Keynes. He has since gone on to be the first person from Ghana to qualify for skiing at the Olympic Games.